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Thread: Advice on Low Profile, Low Noise, CPU Fan to Fit Asus M4A78-EM MOBO

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    Default Advice on Low Profile, Low Noise, CPU Fan to Fit Asus M4A78-EM MOBO

    Can I get a recommendation on a low profile, low noise, CPU cooling fan that FITS an Asus M4A78-EM mother board inside an HTPC case. I have approximately 4 inches for height. My rig details are below. The current stock fan is way too noisy for an HTPC. I hear if I get the wrong fan I have to cut into the fins to make it fit. My memory is positioned in the closest slots to the CPU since this is what is required based on my memory for optimum performance.
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    Thank you people for the suggestions.
    Plasma: Pioneer Kuro Elite Pro-151
    Mobo: ASUS M4A78-EM AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Operating System: Windows 7 32bit
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Fan: Stock
    Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    Blu-ray: LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
    Case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    Wireless: Zonet ZEW2500P IEEE 802.11b/g MINI USB / USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA
    TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speakers
    Remote: Harmony 670

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    Jan 2009

    Default Re: Advice on Low Profile, Low Noise, CPU Fan to Fit Asus M4A78-EM MOBO

    I purchased a ZALMAN CNPS8700 2 Ball CPU Cooler. The fins cleared my ram and fit great. The fan has an adjustable speed knob. I set the speed to an RPM that was low YET cooled the CPU 10 degrees F less than the stock fan.

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